January 28, 2004

What is a QuickPost Bookmarklet?

In MT versions 2.661 and earlier, there is an icon and link for "Set Up Bookmarklets" on the main menu weblog edit page. In MT3.x, the name "Bookmarklets" has been changed to "QuickPost". In this tutorial everything that describes how to use bookmarklets can be used to describe how to use quickposts.

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What is a bookmarklet and how do you use it in Movable Type?

A bookmarklet is a small bit of Javascript code that you can place in your browser favorites or bookmarks. Whenever you want to use the functionality of that code you can click on your browser bookmark for it. There are lots of bookmarklets available for all sorts of uses. In Movable Type, there is a bookmarklet available to make it really easy to post a new entry to your weblog.

How Do I Install a Bookmarklet?

To install a bookmarklet, click on the link to the bookmarklet and drag the link into your browser toolbar.

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If you go to edit your bookmarks or favorites, you'll see that the bookmarklet javascript code is where the URL would be for your other bookmarks.

How Do I use the MT-Bookmarklet?

1. Click on "Set Up Bookmarklet" from the Main Menu editing screen.

2. Select what items you would like to include on your entry edit. Click on "create".

3. Drag the "Post to MT Weblog" link to your browser toolbar.

4. Now you are ready to use the bookmarklet. Anytime you want to post a new entry, just select the bookmarklet from your bookmarks. If you are surfing on a webpage that you would like to write about on your weblog, just click on the "Post to MT Weblog" bookmark. That will open up a weblog entry screen with a link to the website page you're on. Here's an example of the screen that comes up when I'm on MyYahoo and I click on the Post to MT Weblog bookmark. The MyYahoo link is already coded with the "a href" tags.

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Note: Not all bookmarklets work for all browsers. Example: the MT-Bookmarklet doesn't work in Safari as written. Check on Jay Allen's fix for this.

Have a cool bookmarklet?

Let us know about it in the comments.

Links:

Beginner Tip: Bookmark Those Bookmarklets!
Bookmarklets.com
Jay Allen's Fixing the MT Bookmarklet for Safari
ScriptyGoddess' decoder bookmarklet for IE Windows only.
Englers.org - What is a Bookmarklet?


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Posted by Elise Bauer on January 28, 2004 to Definitions
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